Unspeakable Joy Devotional

11th July


Not All Leaders Are Worth Following. Jezebel brings up similar amounts of disdain as the names Judas and Herod. You can find her story in 1st and 2nd Kings. Commentaries describe Jezebel as “ambitious” and “proud”.

Jezebel was the daughter of the King of Zidonians. So basically she was a princess who married Ahab, King of Northern Israel. The problem was that Jezebel and her people were idolaters. So an idolater marries the king of God’s chosen people. You can already see the problems beginning. Her worship of idols, let to King Ahab worshiping idols, which led to God’s people worshiping idols. This led to many Jewish prophets murdered at her command.

One prophet who wouldn’t back down to Jezebel was Elijah. He challenged Jezebel’s prophets of Baal to a tournament to determine whose deity was supreme: Baal or God. Read 1 Kings 18:19-40

At the end of this event, Elijah slaughters all the prophets of Baal. Jezebel was a very domineering woman who got her way. Her husband lacked backbone and would not stand up to his wife. His spinelessness and her domineering led a whole nation of people to worship idols.

It is necessary to realize the type of affect we can have over others, especially our own families. We have the ability to build our family and others up, or tear them down.

Proverbs 14:1 “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolishg plucketh it down with her hands.”

She is human just like me and you, capable of making decisions to do bad or good. These same decisions each of us make every day. I believe at the foundation of this narcissistic woman is someone who had quite possibly been deeply hurt. Maybe she was desperately trying to hold onto control to protect herself because people hurt people. We are never too far gone to accept and receive God’s love and forgiveness. God is always stretching out His hand to us. He desires that we leave our old life behind and choose Him. Choosing God, and His love and forgiveness is where healing and change begins. We have to be willing to give up selfishness and our old ways so that we can find freedom in Christ. (Draughn)

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

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